Today's adventure with Diane Howell Evans was more of a surprise than we thought it would be! I would call this Volksmarch a real treat. We had a few difficulties with the instructions, but we didn't get completely lost. We did have to ask locals about the location of some things.
I met Diane at the Safeway in Silverdale, Washington, and rode with her to Kingston. She knows her way around the area and had a spot planned for us to park that would give us more than the two-hour free parking suggested in our walk instructions.
When we arrived in Kingston and looked for the four-hour parking Diane found online, we only found a lot that said towing was enforced. We did not want to be towed! Instead, on the walk route, was the Kola Kole Park (corner of Maine and Hwy. 104). There were no private property or tow-away signs. The lot was completely empty on a Wednesday morning. It looked good to us and there was even a super-clean porta-potty next to the parking lot.
Kola Kole Park grounds house an old school building that was no longer needed by the city. In 1951, the building and grounds were deeded to the Kitsap County Parks Department to be used forever "for community purposes." County commissioners launched a contest to name the park, but that was a flop. Then they asked Martha George, a former Suquamish Tribe chairwoman for her input. She suggested the Salish words "Kola Kole," meaning "Place of Coming Together." Her words gave the park its name.
At 9:25 a.m., we started walking. A good place to start walking from where we parked was to take a right on Hwy. 104 from Maine St. We walked toward the ferry terminal on Hwy. 104 and then turned right on NE West Kingston Rd. and then started at walk instruction #35. In retrospect, we could have stayed on Hwy. 104 for a few blocks to the actual start point at the Port of Kingston Kiwanis Park (PoKKP). Either way works.
Our first point of interest was Village Green Community Park with a building that houses the library, Boys and Girls Club, a senior center, and meeting rooms. There is also a playground and big, grassy areas for sunbathing or playing with children and dogs.
|Community Center, including the library.|
|Beautiful magenta flowers lining |
the sidewalk to the library.
Back on Hwy. 104, we found huge painted chairs, a mural, and an informative signboard with maps of the county and city.
|Patriotically painted chairs.|
|I have room for at least one more.|
"The Filling Station" mural.
|North Kitsap parks, trails, |
and natural areas.
|Kingston parks and trails.|
|Funny comments on the map.|
|This is exquisite!|
|One of three places that serve |
pizza in downtown Kingston.
|The Port of Kingston Kiwanis Park (PoKKP).|
|There were four of these chairs in PoKKP.|
|A ferry is in port.|
|The Old Kingston Hotel.|
|A trail down to the beach (on the right).|
|A northwestern home with a Sound view.|
|A trail in "Quiet Place Park."|
A little farther downhill, we had to go on another county park trail on the other side of Ohio Ave. Steep steps descended into the bottom of a gulch and from there we continued on that trail for a long distance. A small creek burbled on our right.
|Cedar tree roots.|
|66 degrees at 11:00 a.m. Yay!|
|Trolls, I think.|
|Aaandd, the only one posting on the |
fence is Kitsap County. Ironic!
|A Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings tree.|
|This is what the directions referred to |
as a "concrete barrier." No wonder we were confused.
We took that trail and found the high school football field, the tennis court, and the fence line that would take us to the next trail. This is where we ran into trouble with the directions again. We took the short, steep trail covered in loose rocks. Then our directions said, "Walk the trail to the right, joining the main trail at the bottom which is straight ahead." Say, what?
|Welcome to the '50s!|
|This is My Girl Drive-in/Museum.|
|It's not really on Route 66, but it's still fun.|
|Band names were scattered around |
the property on big rocks.
|The old-fashioned service station.|
|Reminders that Elvis is still the King.|
|1956 Airstream that Elvis Presley used |
as his workspace for "Love Me Tender."
|I believe this is Amelia Earhardt. |
|Cool classic advertising.|
|An old-fashioned soda fountain.|
|James Dean memorabilia.|
|There's a working train that runs on a track on the upper wall.|
|A large room for a meeting, eating, or dancing.|
|A motorcycle used in "Easy Rider."|
|Early "boom boxes."|
|Firebird and Ford Ranchero.|
|I forgot what this one is.|
|Packard Patrician's cathedral tail lights.|
So, that was our big surprise on this Volksmarch. It was amazing Bob was there and willing to give us a tour.
From there, we headed to Arness Roadside Park, a pretty little wayside with a beach. On our way to the park, we saw the dog below having a blast in the water. He was jumping around, walking back and forth, wagging his tail. It almost looked like he was fishing.
|A view of the ferry terminal |
from Arness Roadside Park.
|Arness Roadside Park beach.|
|This looked like a sailboat class.|
|Info on the estuary.|
|The upside-down root system of a large |
tree that probably washed down the river.
|Where the estuary meets Puget Sound.|
From the roadside park, it was a short distance back to Diane's car. It was 2:10 p.m. We had a quick lunch and called it a day.
Other than technical difficulties with the walk directions, this is an awesome Volksmarch. [NOTE: If you do this walk, you may or may not find Bob Thompson at My Girl Drive-in/Museum. You may encounter a locked gate, just so you know.]